Fox Orders Batman Prequel Series Gotham And Releases First Trailer
Big news for Batman fans, Fox not only ordered a full series of the Batman prequel show, Gotham, but they also released the first full trailer for it. Starring Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon and David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne, Gotham will tell the story of how Batman and some of the franchise's best-known characters came to be.
The trailer starts out brilliantly, and for a solid one minute and forty seconds I was sold. This was shaping up to be a gritty crime drama with a DC comics backdrop, but then they insisted on drawing attention to the cast of kids that would later become Batman's adversaries and it all fell down a little. Of course, this is a Batman prequel show, so much of the interest will center on exploring how the likes of Penguin and Poison Ivy came to be, but let's just hope the show doesn't rely on name drops to pique viewers' interests.
Despite the irksome end to the trailer, this still looks like a brilliant prospect. McKenzie looks great as a young Detective Gordon and Jada Pinkett-Smith adds a certain flair to the cast of antagonists. The mood and aesthetic looks perfect and it's clear that Director and E.P Danny Cannon has really paid attention to detail. Not that we should be surprised, Cannon is somewhat of a master when it comes to crime, he's had a hand in CSI, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York and we're willing to ignore the fact that helped bring The Tomorrow People to our screens.
Cannon and co. have assembled a promising cast around the show's younger actors. As I mentioned before, Jada Pinkett-Smith looks excellent and, although we didn't see him in the trailer, Sean Pertwee should make for an excellent young Alfred Pennyworth.
When it is released in the Fall, Fox will be hoping that Gotham can stand as a rival to ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which, despite a slow start, has been slowly gathering steam as its debut season comes to a close. So while all eyes will be focused on May 2016, the first Marvel vs DC showdown could actually occur in our own homes, this Fall.